Definition of drier

 (Entry 1 of 2)

comparative of dry


dri·​er | \ ˈdrī(-ə)r How to pronounce drier (audio) \
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Definition of drier (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that extracts or absorbs moisture
2 : a substance that accelerates drying (as of oils, paints, and printing inks)
3 usually dryer : a device for drying

Examples of drier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This temperature change causes cooler and drier conditions in the Pacific, but affects wind currents in the Atlantic as well. Judson Jones And Virginia Langmaid, CNN, "NOAA issues a La Niña watch, the impetus for an active hurricane season," 9 July 2020 Somewhat drier air kicked into the area this afternoon. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Toasty conditions continue through Thursday," 8 July 2020 Expect abundant clouds, but drier conditions throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Early clouds, chance of showers; sun breaks later," 7 July 2020 Otherwise, a drier forecast is in store after today. Dallas News, "Scattered thunderstorms possible again today," 7 July 2020 And for around 50 years, the people of Tikal endured drier, less predictable rainy seasons and harsher dry seasons, which meant the city really couldn’t spare two large reservoirs. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal," 30 June 2020 Skies should clear by Thursday and the drier, warmer pattern will stick around through the weekend. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Thunderstorms to start the week, then clear skies by Independence Day," 30 June 2020 Hotter, drier conditions from climate change are also believed to be a threat to the squirrels. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Conservation groups sue to protect habitat for imperiled Mount Graham red squirrel," 18 June 2020 The storms will move out of the area between 8-10 p.m., with breezy and drier conditions to follow, forecasters said. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: Thunderstorms will arrive between 2 and 5 p.m., tornadoes and hail possible," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of drier


1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drier. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of drier

comparative of dry

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